How Mice Enter Homes
The most common entry points are weep holes, cracks and spaces around doors and windows, improperly screened areas in eaves and attics, cracks in foundations, soil access areas in plumbing penetrations, and so on. Proper seals and screenings are a chemical free way to help control unwanted guests to your home.
Brick constructed homes contain weep holes which are the most common method for mice, rats, roaches, snakes, spiders, scorpions and lizards etc. to enter the home. Weep holes in brick are best described as welcome stations or tons of tiny doors for unwanted guests to just come on in.
During the construction phase of brick-veneer structures, gaps called weep holes are purposely built into the lower layer of bricks in order to allow the wall to drain and ventilate. The unfortunate draw back of weep holes is that they allow pests free access to the interior of your walls.
Many home owners don’t realize this and rely on some forms of Electronic Pest Control and other Mice Repellent including, mice extermination, mouse traps and mice poison. This doesn’t have lasting affect.
Facts About Mice
Mice have two characteristics going for them that we don’t know about or underestimate.
- When you trap and poison mice they automatically reproduce faster and faster.
- 2. You’d think new mice wouldn’t be able to find the same entrances of their prior friends. Interestingly they leave a trail of hormonal scent so the pathway is as noticeable to them as the roads you and I drive on everyday are to us.
It is amazing how mice enter homes, look for any gap a mouse can crawl through. These are usually found along your walls where pipes exit or enter from the exterior of the home.
Where flashing or soffit meet your wall.
Where doors don’t close properly. Gaps around windows.
Or other gaps in brick that are not intended to be there.
Your roof is another area of concern for mice prevention. Check venting and look for ways mice can get onto your roof such as bushes, wires, pipes etc.